Why Are Dental Implants Necessary?

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  • By Lyons Dental Care
  • February 13, 2019
  • Why Are Dental Implants Necessary?

    Many dental patients will experience tooth loss at some point in their lives. Tooth loss can occur for a wide variety of reasons including tooth decay, traumatic injury, genetics, gum disease, or failed root canal. While many people believe that the lack of that tooth doesn’t present any other issues, there are several reasons that you may want to consider a dental implant or other option to replace that tooth or teeth.


    Shifting Teeth

    When you lose a tooth, the neighboring teeth may begin to shift or twist. All our teeth being in place helps to make sure that teeth don’t get out of alignment. Once a neighboring tooth begins to shift, the effects can begin to exhibit in a domino effect that can eventually change the appearance of your entire smile.

    After you lose a tooth, you may notice additional changes in how you bite. Your teeth are no longer properly aligned, and this can be an uncomfortable sensation. This is often the earliest noticeable sign of your teeth beginning to shift.

    Surprisingly, a missing tooth can also affect the teeth on the opposing jaw. These teeth may start to grow or lengthen in order to match the bite pattern. This tooth growth can cause problems on the opposite jaw because of the changes happening there too. This tooth growth also affects our smile line, which is an imaginary line that is drawn across the top of your teeth and identifies the point where your teeth should meet.


    Bone Loss

    When you lose a tooth and the root, your jawbone suddenly has an empty socket where the tooth used to be fitted. Over time, your body recognizes that this bone is no longer needed to support the tooth and the process of resorption begins. Resorption is a natural process where the body begins to remove unnecessary bone. This leads to bone shrinkage and increased risk of damage from even minor traumatic stresses.

    As bone shrinks and disappears, it can also affect neighboring teeth and may cause additional tooth loss. When more teeth are lost, it only speeds up the process of resorption and increases the amount of bone loss. Over time, the bone loss can be so severe that some patients notice a change in their facial appearance.


    Prevention

    Of course, never losing teeth is ideal to avoid all these situations, and you can help by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly and visiting your dentist every six months. This helps your dentist identify problems when they are small, and when you have a better chance of saving the tooth. Unfortunately, tooth loss still happens, and when it does, it is important to know your options.


    Dental Implants

    Dental implants are quickly becoming a top choice of dentists and patients when treating tooth loss. There are several benefits to implants over other traditional replacements like bridges or dentures.

    Implants are surgically placed devices that consist of a post that is installed into the underlying jawbone, and the implant that looks, feels, and acts just like your natural tooth or teeth. The post is created of titanium but has microscopic holes drilled so that bone tissue can effectively grow around and attach to the implant. The post is also coated with a special material that helps the body grow more bone. This means that resorption doesn’t occur, but you build new, strong bone around the implant.

    Implants are also more secure than dentures. You don’t have to worry about them slipping or falling out while you eat at your favorite restaurant or have an important conversation with a family member. Many people won’t even recognize that you’ve had dental work done.


    Overview

    Dental implants are a great option for many patients who have lost a tooth. If you think that you might be a candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Lyons Dental Care today to review your specific issues and get back to smiling! Call (620) 257-5193, and learn if you are qualify for Dental Implants.